zaterdag 26 maart 2016
Luckiest girl alive - Jessica Knoll
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 2015
HER PERFECT LIFE
IS A PERFECT LIE.
As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve.
But Ani has a secret.
There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything.
With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that's bigger than it first appears.
The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?
If you see the black rose on the cover, you can already guess that the luckiest girl alive maybe isn't so very lucky after all. On the first page we meet TifAni FaNelli and you can hear her thinking if she can use the Shun (knife) she is holding to plunge it into the belly of her fiance. Well, definitely not a very lucky girl...
In the first part of the book, the author gives you an insight of the current life of Ani (this is how TifAni calls herself lately) and her fiance Luke. The story alternates between the current life and the years of TifAni at the Bradley School. These flashes forward and backward are a bit confusing. Mainly because the author uses a lot of examples to subsribe how Ani is feeling about people and circumstances. It gets a bit confusing now and then and it's hard to keep on reading. It is clear that TifAni had a very rough time at school. The author shows you the desperate teenager, who will do practically anything to be accepted by her classmates and to ensure she doesn't get excluded. You can see how boundaries are crossed and how teenagers are crushed under group pressure and therefore end up doing very stupid things. It makes you wonder if your own teenager, currently sitting on your couch, is not doing something stupid like that.
The second part of the story is more easy to read. The story has more depth and action. You read about all the things that happened at Bradley and just as you think you understand TifAni and what caused her actions, the story just twists again. So up untill the last page, the story keeps unfolding and you finally realize the burdens TifAni is carrying. So, instead of the spoiled girl you give her for in the first part of the story, you realize she has a lot of moral issues to deal with and that she is actually very considerate towards some other people of her past. So, definitely worth reading, although you have to get through the first part. The story will be turned into a film by Reese Witherspoon. If they see a way to speed up the first part, without all the confusion, this will probably become a very nice film. I received an ARC from Hebban.nl in exchange of an honest review.